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SCN 494- Sustainability Science for Teachers

This "sustainability for teachers" guide provides over 50 short videos and resources covering the main issues related to sustainability. These issues are: population, human needs, natural resources, water,recycling, equity, and much more. Enjoy it!


Concepts from the Readings

  • Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services - Forest
  • Hunter - Gatherer
  • Energy flow
  • Water and carbon cycle
  • Matter cycles
  • Life cycles

Main Readings

- “It’s all connected” Book: Unit 4: Environment -  page 47 – 53

This unit covers the main definitions related to ecosystems, biodiversity, forests.

- Hunter- gatherer

This is a wikipedia article with definitions and introductory information about the basics of hunter-gatherer societies.

- The world of animals viewed by the San hunter-gatherers in Kalahari

This paper aims to clarify a part of the African hunter-gatherer perception of nature, by describing the San's perception, classification, utilization of and attitudes toward animals, based on field studies, and an analysis of the relationship between humans and animals as embodied in song, dance, drawings, and stories.

- The Hadza

A first person story of writer Michel finkel's experiences living with the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer ethnic group from north-central Tanzania.

Additional Readings

- Criticism of Southern African Governments on their Handling of Hunter-Gatherer Minorities, in Particular the San (Bushmen), and Proposals for an Alternative Approach

The purpose of this article is to provide constructive criticism on how southern African governments, more specifically the governments of Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania, are approaching the issue of governance of their hunter-gatherer minorities - in particular, the San.

- Australian Aborigines

This wiki page provides information about the culture, history and characteristics of the Australian aborigines.

- USGS water cycle

This is a very complete article about everything people need to know about the water cycle. This USGS article lists definitions, summary, components of the water cycle and data about water distribution in the world.

- The Habitable Planet - The Global Water Cycle

This short article gives an overview of all the elements and process participating in the water cycle.

- Millennium Assessment (MA) Reports - Living Beyond our Means

The MA provides information about types of ecosystems, ecosystem services, their relationship of ecosystems and humans, their importance, and recommendations to protect ecosystems.

- The Habitable Planet - Ecosystems

This is an online textbook about ecosystems. Some of the questions explored in this textbook are: Why are there so many living organisms on Earth, and so many different species? How do the characteristics of the nonliving environment, such as soil quality and water salinity, help determine which organisms thrive in particular areas?. the textbook also offers a 30-minutes video to introduce the topic.

- Carbon cycle

This short article from the encyclopedia of earth present concise and clear information about the carbon cycle.

- The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital

This Nature article about the quantitative value of ecosystem services gives a summary of the research done to calculate the monetary value of services provided by ecosystems.

- Millennium Assessment Reports - Ecosystems and Human Well Being

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was carried out between 2001 and 2005 to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human well-being. The Readers Guide p1-24 is a very authoritative presentation of ecosystem changes and their impact on human life.

Online Resources

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